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Best Family Vacations in Europe

From Rome's Trevi Fountain to Brussels' Comic Strip Museum, parents and children alike can find the right city for their interests — and U.S News Travel can help. With the guidance of travel experts and readers, we've compiled the best European destinations for families, based on considerations of family-friendly and affordable attractions, hotels and restaurants. Vote below for the best spot, and use this list to get your vacation planning underway.

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Why go: From the London Zoo to the London Dungeon, the rolling greens of Hampstead Heath to the fire-eaters of Covent Garden, there are always new sights to explore. And don't forget to visit Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station if your children are Harry Potter fans. Just beware: London is known for its high price tags. Read More»

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Why go: Rome can be an excellent travel choice for families that choose hotels wisely. Try to stay near the beach to take advantage of the beautiful seaside while staying within easy reach of top attractions. Children and parents will especially love touring the Colosseum and climbing the Spanish Steps. Read More»

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Why go: When it comes to kid-friendliness, Paris is not as well prepared as London. But youngsters will enjoy the funky fountains at the Centre Pompidou and the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. And let's not forget a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, which is made even better when the lights start to flicker. Read More»

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Why go: Madrid is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world, a place where children are welcomed and regarded as integral to custom and tradition. If your kids are sports fans, be sure to check out the Bernabeu Stadium for a soccer match. When you need a break from soaking up the sights, relax at Retiro Park. Read More»

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Why go: Brussels is better suited than many other European cities for family travel. Must-sees include the Belgian Comic Strip Museum, where the kids can learn about their favorite cartoon characters and the Atomium, which houses a scale model of Europe. Read More»

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Why go: Although this coastal Spanish city is better known for its rowdy nightlife, parents will find that there are plenty of ways to keep the wee ones entertained. Check out the colorful Gaudí Apartments, take a stroll along the beach or catch a street performance along Las Ramblas. Read More»

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Why go: Ever-evolving Berlin has recently made strides to be more attractive to families. One of the most fascinating developments is the growth of "Kindercafés," trendy restaurants and cafés that cater to families with children. Also consider exploring the sprawling outdoor park, Tiergarten and the Berlin Zoo. Read More»

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Why go: If you're planning a family trip, do your best to pass through Edinburgh during the annual Edinburgh Festival in August when the kids can try out their step-dancing skills to traditional bagpipe tunes. When the festival isn't taking place, stop by the ancient Edinburgh Castle or have a picnic in the Scottish Highlands. Read More»

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Why Go: With its world-renowned art collections, architectural splendors and culinary delights, this beautiful Italian city offers an array of attractions that appeal to visitors of all ages. When the kiddos get weary of museum-hopping through the Uffizi Gallery, stroll along the scenic Ponte Vecchio or follow your taste-buds to a gelato shop.  Read More»

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Why go: Copenhagen is often overlooked by families seeking kid-friendly entertainment. But the lush Tivoli Gardens are great place to run around, and the little ones will appreciate a trip to Langelinie to meet the Little Mermaid. The treasures housed within the city's numerous castles like Rosenborg Castle can be enjoyed by kids and parents alike. Read More»

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Why Go: Prague's fairytale city caters to clans of all ages and preferences. Kids will get a kick out of hearing the Astronomical Clock chime, exploring Prague Castle or seeing the unique shape of the Dancing House. Meanwhile, parents will love the city's cultural heritage, tasty beer and reasonable price tags.  Read More»

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Why Go: Portugal's scenic capital overflows with castles, cathedrals and ancient neighborhoods, allowing both kids and parents to feel as though they have been transported back in time. When the kiddos tire of cultural attractions, take a ride on Tram 28 or spend a day at the beach. Read More»

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Why Go: Boasting lush gardens and museums galore, Salzburg's Old Town enchants travelers with its European style. In Mozart's childhood hometown, you'll find regal historical sites like the Hellbrunn Palace and the Salzburg Cathedral. And when you need a break from admiring urban wonders, take respite in the Mirabell Garden. Read More»

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